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Local artist Megan Bryant participates in Neighbourhood Arts project

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Local artist Megan Bryant’s work will be featured in an online charitable auction this week to raise funds to support Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.

Local designer Megan Bryant will be featured in the charitable auction of a new social enterprise called Neighbourhood Arts, which supports artists and their communities along the Rocky Mountains.

The auction will be launched in conjunction with an art show in Pullman, Washington, today and will run for three days on the Neighbourhood Arts website. Proceeds from the sale of Bryant's work will support Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, an Eagle County nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates and finds new homes for abused, neglected and abandoned horses.

Bryant is a graphic designer who has started her own graphic design firm called In the Pines Creative. She said she is excited to be a part of a project that supports artists to support causes they care about in their own communities.

Neighbourhood Arts founders James and Bethany Pearson recently returned to the United States after Bethany was diagnosed with a brain tumor that sent them to her homeland of New Zealand more than three years ago. The couple have a background in anthropology and have seen the way art impacts culture and builds stronger communities.

"We see art as a powerful tool for communicating vital messages that can have a positive impact on communities," James Pearson said. "We want to support artists to be artists, so we can all benefit while supporting great local causes."

Inspired by the generosity shown to them by friends and family when they were in need, the project is raising money for local causes named by artists from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Salida to Seattle. Bryant will also be featured on the Neighbourhood Arts web series, which coincides with the auction.

Support the cause

To bid on Megan Bryant’s submission to Neighbourhood Arts and support her cause, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, visit http://www.neighbourhoodarts.com from Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20. For more information, find Neighbourhood Arts on Facebook, email drawingustogether@gmail.com or call 405-549-9649.